It’s been a turbulent year for Jose Berrios, as most 23-year-old starters tend to be inconsistent, and he’s been no different. However, in the last month, Berrios has 35 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings with a 2.87 ERA. Berrios should see more of the same success as he takes on the Blue Jays on Thursday. You might not have noticed it, but Toronto’s lineup has actually been quite weak this year. They’ve got just a .312 wOBA against righties, ranking them 26th in all of baseball. The Jays are also much less intimidating away from home, since they won’t have one of the best hitter’s parks to their advantage. As Berrios continues his hot streak in Minnesota, he’s worth starting for $8,500.
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Brad Peacock, SP: $8,600 – Peacock is a pitcher to roll with in GPPs for his huge upside. The Angels are no joke with Trout and Upton, but it’s not like they’re a lineup to avoid entirely. Peacock’s 11.74 K/9 can provide you with a good start even if he does allow a few runs, and the Astros lineup should provide him with a win.
Willson Contreras, C: $3,000 – When he’s not busy trying to slide into a pornstar’s Twitter DMs, Contreras is a strong option at catcher. I suppose his price is only this low because he just came off of the DL, since Contreras has a 123 wRC+, one of the best marks at his position.
Justin Bour, 1B: $3,300 – This is the part where I tell you to stack the Marlins. Jake Thompson has a 6.38 FIP and might be the worst pitcher on Thursday’s slate, on top of pitching in a hitter’s environment in Philly. Bour is a cheap option at first and can be paired with a few of his teammates.
Robinson Cano, 2B: $3,600 – In the last 15 days, Cano has a .380 average with a 1.036 OPS, and he is not about to be stopped by Andrew Cashner. He’s a near-lock to give you runs and RBI out of the Mariner’s three-hole.
Mike Moustakas, 3B: $2,900 – Will the Royals stop the Indians win streak? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean Moose can’t homer off of Josh Tomlin. He’s gotten so cheap that it’s almost impossible to ignore.
Freddy Galvis, SS: $3,100 – For some reason, the Phillies love Galvis batting second. While it doesn’t make sense in real baseball, it’s something to take advantage of in fantasy. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone this high in the lineup for so cheap, and Hoskins and Williams can easily knock him in.
Kyle Schwarber, OF: $3,800 – Okay, so he’s not Babe Ruth, but Schwarber has actually proven his value in the last month with an .891 OPS and seven homers. Seth Lugo has a 4.64 ERA, so if Schwarber is in the Cubs lineup, you should consider him for yours.
Byron Buxton, OF: $3,400 – Buxton has had an insane last 30 days, batting .305 with a .996 OPS, including eight home runs and five steals. He’s got a 121 wRC+ against lefties on the year and is facing hot garbage Brett Anderson. He’s probably my favorite play for any hitter on Thursday.
Howie Kendrick, OF: $3,500 – Kendrick is the ultimate cash game outfielder, as he has such a high floor in the Nationals lineup. He’s batting .327/.380/.491 in one of baseball’s top offenses. If that’s not a safe play, I don’t know what is.
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Doing Lines In Vegas
Marlins-Phillies is going to be a shootout with Urena and Thompson on the mound, so going with the Phillies at +112 could work out. The Indians are going to be a popular pick, but with Tomlin on the mound, they’re no guarantee to win. The Royals at +170 could pay off.